2 bHe comes forth like a flower and fades away;
He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
3 And cdo You open Your eyes on such a one,
4 Who ecan bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
5 fSince his days are determined,
The number of his months is with You;
You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
Till hlike a hired man he finishes his day.
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
And its stump may die in the ground,
And bring forth branches like a plant.
10 But man dies and 4is laid away;
Indeed he 5breathes his last
And where is ihe?
And a river becomes parched and dries up,
jTill the heavens are no more,
They will not awake
Nor be roused from their sleep.
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
All the days of my hard service kI will wait,
Till my change comes.
15 lYou shall call, and I will answer You;
You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now mYou number my steps,
But do not watch over my sin.
17 nMy transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You 6cover my iniquity.
And as a rock is moved from its place;
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.
You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and ohe does not know it;
They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
And his soul will mourn over it.”
15 Then aEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
And fill 1himself with the east wind?
Or by speeches with which he can do no good?
And restrain 2prayer before God.
And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 bYour own mouth condemns you, and not I;
Yes, your own lips testify against you.
cOr were you made before the hills?
8 dHave you heard the counsel of God?
Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 eWhat do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not in us?
10 fBoth the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Much older than your father.
And the word spoken 3gently with you?
And 4what do your eyes wink at,
And let such words go out of your mouth?
14 “What gis man, that he could be pure?
And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
15 hIf God puts no trust in His saints,
And the heavens are not pure in His sight,
16 iHow much less man, who is abominable and filthy,
jWho drinks iniquity like water!
What I have seen I will declare,
Not hiding anything received kfrom their fathers,
19 To whom alone the 5land was given,
And lno alien passed among them:
mAnd the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.
21 6Dreadful sounds are in his ears;
nIn prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will oreturn from darkness,
For a sword is waiting for him.
23 He pwanders about for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows qthat a day of darkness is ready at his hand.
They overpower him, like a king ready for 7battle.
And acts defiantly against the Almighty,
With his strong, embossed shield.
27 “Though rhe has covered his face with his fatness,
And made his waist heavy with fat,
In houses which no one inhabits,
Which are destined to become ruins.
Nor will his wealth scontinue,
Nor will his possessions overspread the earth.
The flame will dry out his branches,
And tby the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 Let him not utrust in futile things, deceiving himself,
For futility will be his reward.
32 It will be accomplished vbefore his time,
And his branch will not be green.
And cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
35 wThey conceive trouble and bring forth futility;
Their womb prepares deceit.”
16 Then Job answered and said:
3 Shall 2words of wind have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
If your soul were in my soul’s place.
I could heap up words against you,
And bshake my head at you;
And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
And if I remain silent, how am I eased?
7 But now He has cworn me out;
You dhave made desolate all my company.
And it is a ewitness against me;
My leanness rises up against me
And bears witness to my face.
9 fHe tears me in His wrath, and hates me;
He gnashes at me with His teeth;
gMy adversary sharpens His gaze on me.
10 They hgape at me with their mouth,
They istrike me reproachfully on the cheek,
They gather together against me.
11 God jhas delivered me to the ungodly,
And turned me over to the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but He has kshattered me;
He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces;
He has lset me up for His target,
He pierces my 3heart and does not pity;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
He runs at me like a 4warrior.
16 My face is 6flushed from weeping,
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
And my prayer is pure.
And nlet my cry have no resting place!
19 Surely even now omy witness is in heaven,
And my evidence is on high.
My eyes pour out tears to God.
21 pOh, that one might plead for a man with God,
As a man pleads for his 7neighbor!
I shall qgo the way of no return.
LXX, Syr., Vg. him
Lit. plaster over
Lit. his belly
meditation or complaint
Or a secret thing
Or why do your eyes flash